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Twenty-two women have accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct. Two of the accusers, Lauren Baxley and Ashley Soli, met with reporters from Sports Illustrated this week to explain their frustrations with the way the NFL has handled the investigation into Watson.
Baxley and Solis told Jenny Vrentas that they believe the NFL was “patronizing” and “victim-blaming” them during their interviews with league investigators.
With so much uncertainty regarding the investigation and his status with the team, Watson has taken minimal reps in camp. And then there’s the awkwardness of having a player accused of sexual misconduct by 22 women (22!) just hang around.
All the national attention has now gotten to Watson, who is even lashing out the media.
Both Baxley and Solis discussed their experiences with Watson with Sports Illustrated, and their stories are remarkably similar. First, Watson reached out to both women on Instagram to book massage appointments, then during a scheduled massage, Watson began directing them to his groin.
“Watson allegedly exposed his penis to her after asking Solis to work on his abdomen,” Yahoo Sports says. “When Solis asked Watson to readjust himself, Watson reportedly moved his erect penis into Solis’ hand.”
Because the sports media is afraid to criticize a black athlete like Watson too harshly in 2021, the NFL is under no pressure to address these accusations quickly. So it continues.
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